Epic Tomato Trial, Part 2

I’ll tell ya.. the Epic Tomato Trial has become a trial… of my patience!  Between the hornworms…  (just look that big nasty thing!)


and the weather, we’ve had a helluva time getting these tomatoes going.  We got most, if not all of the hornworms picked off, just in time for a series of days that included temperatures in the 90s combined with a ridiculously fierce, hot wind.  My stakes were not worthy of 35-40 mph wind, so some of the trellises actually bent all the way over and broke some stalks.  We narrowly missed a couple of hailstorms in July as well.

Then, on the night of August 20th, we had frost.  No, I’m not kidding.  Frost in freakin’ August!  Made me so mad.

frosted toms

Behold the pathetic, frosted tomatoes.  Upon my wise mother’s advice, I have ceased watering them in hopes that they will ripen and not just get mushy.  Some of them have mushy spots due to the frost being severe enough to damage the fruit as well as the leaves of the plant. I’m still hopeful that we’ll get some tomatoes, but I’m not planning any salsa parties this fall.

The cucumbers got it too.

frosted cukes

I was able to pick enough cucumbers to take to my mom so she could make a few jars of our family’s favorite spiced cinnamon pickles, but the yield was no where near what we’d hoped.

We’re super bummed about the lack of harvest this year, but I’m trying to take it in stride and realize that farmers and gardeners deal with adversity.  It’s what we do.  Adversity is expected.  We “chin-up” and overcome.  Do things differently next year.

On that note, we’re planning our greenhouse.  Snow in mid-May, frost in June and again in August just isn’t a good environment for growing the majority of our family’s pantry.  Stay tuned for a future blog post on our Geodome greenhouse construction.

How is your garden growing?

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